If you’ve ever engaged in a battle of wills with a stubborn dog, you know just how frustrating it can get. This is especially true when you are walking your large dog and he suddenly decides he’d like to hang out at the park a bit longer, or keep going on his walk or maybe you’ve taken only a few steps from the door and he’s ready to go back in.
Personally, I once had a dog who insisted on making all the walk-related decisions. When we got to an intersection, he made the choice which way to go. When it came to heading home, it was only when he was good and ready. Anything else would be met with him parking his butt on the sidewalk. At one point, he even began faking a leg injury, Scooby-Doo-style. And boy could he walk. Miles and miles. If you let him, he’d usually lead you to the nearest Burger King or Dairy Queen. For some reason it was always those two.
Stubbornness, like almost anything else dog-related, can be dealt with by a careful application of treats for desired behaviors. If it’s a walk-related stubborn behavior like you see in this humorous video, associating a treat with a command will get your pup moving in no time, and eventually you won’t even need the treat! The same process applies to nearly all dog behaviors.
Dogs require patience, love but also training in order to be a happy member of the household.